In the Deathly Hallows:

"No, he's not dead," said McGonagall bitterly. "Unlike Dumbledore, he was still carrying a wand...and he seems to have learned a few tricks from his master." With a tinge of horror, Harry saw in the distance a huge, batlike shape flying through the darkness toward the perimeter wall. (DH pg 599/482)

In the Goblet of Fire:

“Maybe he didn’t want you to get there!” said Ron quickly. “Maybe - hang on - how fast d’you reckon he could’ve gotten down to the forest? D’you reckon he could’ve beaten you and Dumbledore there?” “Not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something,” said Harry. “Wouldn’t put it past him,” Ron muttered.

So I always assumed Snape transformed into a bat when he jumped.

Then I saw on this site and wikia that many people think he could fly like Voldemort.

My question is: is there canonical proof that Snape could fly without metamorphosis?

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    "he seems to have learned a few tricks from his master" implies that he flew in the same manner as Voldemort, in human form. I always thought the resemblance to a bat was simply his cape fluttering in the wind.
    – Kevin
    Sep 6, 2012 at 0:07
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    Huh. Honestly, it never would have occurred to me to take one of Ron's offhanded, disgruntled comments as actual canon.
    – Joe White
    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:43
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    @asymptotically She was in the Order, so she doubtless heard of that night's happenings from others in the Order.
    – Kevin
    Sep 6, 2012 at 23:48
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    In the film everyone can fly.
    – user8252
    Sep 7, 2012 at 18:32
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    @Solemnity too soon
    – sudhanva
    Nov 22, 2018 at 3:06

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There is no evidence that he's actually an animagus. In fact, considering Snape's personality I would expect him to find a way to fly by himself without having to turn into a simple animal, like a normal wizard would. Just like Voldemort did, he found a way.... remember that Snape is (or tried to be) the Half Blood Prince, which, to me, was like a failed attempt of raising as a dark wizard (something that Voldemort actually succeeded on).

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    Note though that for the underwater task of the Triwizard Tournament, Viktor Krum has Transfigured himself to half a shark (Goblet chapter 27, “a human body in swimming trunks with the head of a shark”); and the impostor Moody has Transfigured Draco to a ferret. Neither of those were Animagus transformations.
    – b_jonas
    Jul 6, 2017 at 17:14